Trent Reznor, who is currently 45 years old, finds the usage of Facebook to present a carefully crafted record of likes and similar activity is distasteful, shallow and he thinks you’re a total poser.
Much like the guy in high school who quizzed you on b-sides to determine whether you were qualified to wear a band’s t-shirt, Reznor thinks there is no way to be sure people on Facebook actually own every record put out by an artist and that there is a high chance folks are merely claiming to be into certain styles of music to impress their friends.
Gawker quotes an interview in which the Nine Inch Nails frontman explains his frustration with the ease in which people can get credit for liking music without actually doing the legwork:
“…in the age of over-sharing and hyper-real versions of people presenting and representing themselves on the web, that if as many people really listened to Joy Division as list them on their Facebook page, Joy Division would be bigger than U2.That sense of, ‘here’s the books I’m supposed to have read for the social archetype I want to fit into, so I’ll portray myself this way.’ I’ve seen that with people I know in real life, and I check them out online, it’s not always the same person… I’m just coming from an older school of when you met people you met… a real person and not some avatar of themselves.”
Reznor collaborated on the score for The Social Network, a recently released movie about Facebook.